2 - "HIGO" Laminated Steel Katana
9260 Carbon Spring Steel core with 1045 wrap
Length (+ Saya)
Hand Forged, Through Tempered, Oil Quenched, Hand Polished
Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
lbs 5 oz (with fuller), 2 lbs 9 oz (without fuller)
Steel Musashi Double Ring Tsuba.
above tsuba (with fuller), 6" above tsuba (without fuller)
X Wood (Double Pinned)
Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood
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Here is the
forge and lamination process of the blade. Notice the hand forged
sandwiched steel construction used. The soft steel wrap is designed
to absorb shock to prevent shatter, but the sword is susceptable
to bending (non-fatal-flaw) if cut improperly. As most swords, it
can be bent back and used without problems unless fatal flaws occur.
In a shatter (fatal flaw), the sword will fail less dramatically
along the lamination surface than a monosteel blade.
This is the
overall appearance of the sword. (Version shown is without bo-hi
(fuller or "blood groove"). The Higo (2nd Generation)
is a very unique laminate that can be visually proven... Scroll
down to next set of photos to see.
The most important
feature of the Higo is the method by which the blade is constructed.
The unique laminate of a 9260
core with a 1045 wrap is not done by anyone else... especially not
in this price range. This construction allows the sword to absorb
the shock of a bad cut better than a monosteel design... plus it
allows the sword to retain a harder cutting edge than a standard
Among all of
the swords sold on auction sites advertised as "San Mai"
or "Laminated", our Higo katana is the only one that can
be visually and functionally/chemically verified as to its laminated
Our steel is
layered and forged, then polished and sharpened to expose the harder
core into the cutting edge. Unlike all the other swords that throws
out names like "san mai" and "laminated" but
cannot be verified, our inner core can actually be visually distinguished
from the shell wrapping. The photos below are how the swords come...
you can actually see the different steels and the laminated line
(between the chemically etched hamon and the cutting edge).
You can also
chemically verify the lamination yourself. To do so, you will need
to polish away the existing hamon, then use an etching agent such
as lemon juice or vinegar to etch your own hamon..... When you do
so, you can bring out the lamination line more clearly. (You can
also try this with other swords that are advertised as "San
Mai" or "Laminated" to verify their claims).
saya with glossy lacquered finish. Very self explanatory.
- FINAL RUN (Available with blue ito, no fuller only)
Sale Price: $229.99
Out - Discontinued.
The Higo katana is
constructed of laminated steel similar to the traditional "san mai"
method of blade construction. Core billet of the second generation Higo
uses a 9260 silicon alloy spring steel. The core is then wrapped around
two billets of 1045 carbon steel. The forged blade is then sharpened to
expose the 9260 core as the cutting edge. The new Higo is a much stronger
and uniquely constructed cutter.
The new Higo is different
than any other "laminated" blades on the market at its price
range. The lamination on the Higo can be visually and chemically tested
and verified... Read more by clicking on the photo above.
- 2nd Generation - No Fuller (No Bo-hi)
OUT - Discontinued.